We added 12 winners to our seasonal tally in October, in doing so breaking through the £4 million prize-money barrier for the first time and achieving 140 winners for the campaign, which is an incredible achievement.
Goolwa has done nothing but progress this season and she took another step forwards when landing the Listed Beckford Stakes at Bath under David Probert, her third win of 2021. A half-sister to a Group 3 winner, that black-type success is a notable one for her paddock value and further evidence that she remains on the upgrade.
A winner on soft ground in the summer, the return of testing conditions has seen Secret Shadow bring her form to a new level, winning in great style at Nottingham at the beginning of the month and then following up off an 8lbs higher mark at Newbury a fortnight later, with Hayley Turner on board on both occasions. The daughter of Camelot is out of a heavy ground Listed winner in France and there looks to be more to come from her next term granted her preferred conditions.
ALL WEATHER ALLSTARS
May Night has held his form really well this year and he added a second success of the campaign with a good win at Kempton Park under Oisin Murphy, looking value for a little more than the winning margin. The three year old now has three wins, a second and a third to his name from five starts on the All-Weather and a 2lbs rise looks far from insurmountable. Spring Glow is another building up an impressive record on the All-Weather and she recorded her second career win with a runaway success at Kempton Park, quickening nicely in the closing stages in the hands of Oisin Murphy. On that evidence, she should be very competitive off her new mark.
Having placed on six of his seven previous outings, Bashful made the most of an excellent opportunity to shed his maiden tag with the minimum of fuss at Kempton Park, justifying odds of 1-8 in the process! He has since been sold at the Horses in Training Sale and looks set to go jumping for his new connections. Rodin was another to head to the sales on the back of a win, David Probert on board for the four year old’s third career success, having also ridden him to victory for both wins last term. Cieren Fallon was up for Zoom Tiger’s first win in a mile novice at Wolverhampton, another to leave the yard on a winning note before heading to the Newmarket sale.
YOUNGSTERS TO FOLLOW
There were four two-year-old successes in October, including an impressive debut victory for Orzo, a daughter of Aclaim and half-sister to three black-type performers, notably last year’s Coventry Stakes winner Nando Parrado. The manner of her win at Kempton Park suggests she is a tremendously exciting prospect for 2022.
Juan Bermudez is bred to come into his own next year, so we were delighted to see him take a big step forwards on his debut run three weeks earlier and shed his maiden tag in a competitive novice event at Newmarket under Andrea Atzeni. He kept on really gamely over the mile on soft ground and will be a three year old to follow next year.
Typewriter had made it third time lucky when scoring at Nottingham in August on good to soft ground and, back from two months off, she relished the testing conditions at the same course to win in nursery company under David Egan, producing a strong staying performance. She looks a lovely middle-distance prospect for next year, as does Upton Park, who is from the first crop of our Racing Post Trophy winner Elm Park and is the first of his progeny to race in the UK. It was very pleasing to see him get off the mark at the second attempt, making all at Wolverhampton under Oisin Murphy and holding on gamely to win by the narrowest of margins.